So, who else is running a private server? I've been playing solely on my private server since December and I have had a great deal of fun. I just got tired of being unable to safely enter unguarded towns and being afraid of getting pk'd in random encounters and losing all my hard-earned gear to some random asshole(s) even if I wasn't participating in any pvp action. Basically I had to avoid all other players, except low-level bluesuits. And since I wasn't interested in joining an existing faction I wouldn't have stood a chance anyway. I did help some new players who asked me for help and they all seemed like nice people but the vets only knew one rule: the wasteland is harsh. But no more bitching! On my own server I have been able to safely explore new quests and locations and obtain gear I would never have been able to get my hands on on a public server. I have been soloing dungeons, learning new tactics, making more efficient builds and safely leveling my characters. And as a bonus, I can mess with admin privileges if I want to fool around. I have not made any modifications to the game, but if I ever get into modding I can do whatever I want as far as my abilities go. However, the downside of running a private server is that I miss all the official updates, but I can live with that. The release of second session source was pretty much an answer to my prayers and I am enjoying FOnline now more than ever. A big thank you to the devs for doing that!
Please, discuss and share your own experiences.